Belated Best of ’10: the whole shebang

The Best Songs You (Maybe) Didn't Hear 2010Here it is, kids: my full The Best Songs You (Maybe) Didn’t Hear 2010 playlist. Just over 80 minutes from beginning to end, all linked to videos or streaming audio sources. Thanks for playing along all these weeks. Next up: less looking back, more looking forward!

  1. Phantogram, “Mouthful of Diamonds”
  2. The Love Language, “Brittany’s Back”
  3. V.V. Brown, “Shark in the Water”
  4. Yeasayer, “Ambling Alp”
  5. Stars, “Wasted Daylight”
  6. Broken Bells, “The Ghost Inside”
  7. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, “Tiny Light”
  8. Massive Attack feat. Hope Sandoval, “Paradise Circus”
  9. The Sirens of Venice, “Do You Believe”
  10. Cherry Ghost, “A Month Of Mornings”
  11. Tricky, “Hakim”
  12. Grinderman, “Palaces Of Montezuma”
  13. Manic Street Preachers, “A Billion Balconies Facing The Sun”
  14. Mark Ronson & The Business International feat. Simon Le Bon, “Record Collection”
  15. John Legend & The Roots, “Our Generation (The Hope Of The World)”
  16. Fitz And The Tantrums, “Dear Mr. President”
  17. Andy Clockwise, “Love And War”
  18. Fyfe Dangerfield, “When You Walk In The Room”
  19. The High Wire, “Odds & Evens”
  20. Gil Scott-Heron, “Me And The Devil”
  21. Alabama 3 feat. Shane MacGowan, “Fix It”
  22. The Magic Theatre, “Silent Snow”
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Free Fitz!

Did you dig “Dear Mr. President” and “Moneygrabber” this morning? If so, head over to Fitz and the Tantrums’ website: in exchange for your email address, they’ll give you a free download of “Moneygrabber.” While you’re there, you should head to their store & purchase their website-exclusive, Stax-ified cover of “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” — it’s a lot of fun. For good measure, here they are performing “Moneygrabber” on Conan in early March:

Belated Best of ’10: Fitz and the Tantrums

I never got around to sharing my Best Songs You (Maybe) Didn’t Hear list for 2010 with the internets in general in December, so I’ve decided to mine it for fresh post material in ’11. I’m posting the songs in the order in which they would have appeared in the final playlist, so if you play along at home, you’ll have heard a tidy 80-ish minutes of great music when all is said and done. Today’s tune is a slice of retro pop from Fitz and the Tantrums.

Fitz and the TantrumsWhile John Legend and the Roots brought were responsible for revitalizing 70’s soul last year, it fell to Fitz and the Tantrums to resuscitate Motown pop and Stax funk. Every song on Pickin’ Up the Pieces is a retro-sounding gem, heavy on the horns, organ, boy-girl vocal interplay, and wall of sound-style atmosphere. I singled out “Dear Mr. President” for my mix because every time I hear that insistent rhythm and those “Chain Gang”-style “whoo/hey”s, I have to stop myself from clapping in time. Can’t find the studio version of the song streaming anywhere, so here’s a version “Live at Daryl’s House.” Daryl Hall, that is. Boom!

So you can hear their great, retro studio sound, check out the video for “Moneygrabber”:

Like what you hear? Head to Amazon MP3 & download Pickin’ Up the Pieces.